Sustainability news headlines from around the world.
Every day, we’ll add a few stories we find interesting. Come here for the latest sustainability news… hand-picked and curated by our Editorial Team.
Sustainability News: May 10-16, 2021
Live updates: Gas shortages at some US stations
The Colonial Pipeline finally launched the restart of its operations yesterday after a six-day shutdown caused by a ransomware attack. Follow here for the latest.
Colonial Pipeline restarted operations, owners say ‘it will take several days’ for supply chain to return to normal
Gas prices jumped above $3 Wednesday as nervous motorists filled up after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. Drivers feared fuel shortages.
Biden says ‘don’t panic’ amid gas shortage, warns gas stations against price gouging after Colonial hack
President Biden said “don’t panic” amid the gas shortage following the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, while warning gas stations against “price gouging” and taking advantage of consumers, and maintaining that the U.S. will “return to normal” in the next several days.
Exploring effects of climate change on Africa’s energy transition |
The African Climate Foundation launches its Strategic Framework that captures ideas around climate funding and Africa’s energy transition.
Report: Companies Continue to Set Sustainability Targets Without Understanding How to Achieve Them
Companies of all sizes across business sectors are elevating sustainability as a core tenet of their practices, yet a new Black & Veatch report discovers that many companies continue to establish targets without a clear understanding of how to achieve them.
Amazon Raises $1B With First Sustainability Bond
Amazon issued its first sustainability bond Monday, raising $1 billion to fund projects that “advance people and the planet.”
Using Gene Reserves to Protect Rare Species From Climate Change
UK landowners and conservationists welcome wider-spread use of Gene Conservation Units (GCUs) to help protect some of the rarest plants and insects, research at the University of York has shown. In particular, the Great Yellow Bumblebee and the Mountain Ringlet Butterfly, which are at risk of fur
Climate to ravage Kenya’s tea production
Climate change is set to devastate Kenya’s tea production as the world’s largest exporter faces rising temperatures, erratic rainfall and insect infestations, according to analysis released on Monday.
60 Staff At Major UK Hospital Ditch Meat And Fish In Sustainability Drive
NHS Kings College London Hospital staff are ditching meat as part of No Meat May, a charity campaign endorsed by Joanna Lumley
Palm oil challenges in the West: EU ambassador insists sustainability is non-negotiable for consumers
Consumers in the EU are ‘demanding sustainability’ when it comes to palm oil and related food products, according to an EU ambassador, fanning the flames of ongoing strife with palm oil producing countries in the ASEAN region.
Sustainability News: May 3-9, 2021
Faced with climate challenges, Vietnamese rice farmers switch to shrimp
Faced with climate challenges, Vietnamese rice farmers switch to shrimp
Farming groups weigh in on Consumers and Climate First Act
Legislation designed to lead Illinois down a path to a clean energy economy is being applauded by farming groups.
How to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs
President Biden and his climate team have made a fast start in their effort to combat climate change at home and abroad, including a series of
Can hydropower help solve the climate crisis? This $63-billion plan is banking on it
Conservationists and dam operators have some ideas for President Biden’s infrastructure plan.
A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues – Eos
The first high-resolution historical record of Europe’s Glacial Eastern Boundary Current sheds new light on ocean circulation, ice sheet dynamics, and climate change.
Alaska Spring River Melt Betting Tradition Now Part of Climate Record
A tradition begun more than a century ago is now an important part of the Alaskan climate record — and it shows spring river melt is happening earlier, Reuters reports.
New Climate Pledges Give Us a 50-50 Shot to Meet the Paris Agreement
Updated climate pledges that leaders from more than a dozen nations will put the world on track for 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit (2.4 degrees Celsius) of warming by the end of the century. And they up the odds of actually meeting the Paris Agreement targets a bit.
Berkshire shareholders reject climate change, diversity proposals that Buffett opposed
Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) shareholders on Saturday easily rejected proposals requiring the company run since 1965 by Warren Buffett to disclose more about its efforts to address climate change and promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce.
China’s Climate Policy Has Major Implications for Trade
Reduced Chinese reliance on fossil fuel imports and rising demand for renewables inputs would have major effects on trading relationships.
Video games get serious about climate change
From Sims Eco Lifestyle to Minecraft Climate City, environmental issues are becoming a popular theme in video games. But can the industry deliver on its own green message?
Sustainability News: April 26-May 2, 2021
Climate crisis: Deforestation of Amazon rainforest has accelerated since Bolsonaro took office, report finds
Annual rate of tree fellling in Brazil’s tropical wilds has almost doubled since conservative became president
Investors are taking a more active role steering companies toward greater sustainability.
BlackRock’s former head of sustainable investing says ESG and sustainability investing are distractions | Greenbiz
Tariq Fancy says climate change is the greatest market failure in history. Only true regulation can thwart disaster.
Wall Street Bets Bigger on ESG as Sustainability Takes Hold
Investors are taking a more active role steering companies toward greater sustainability.
These Climate-Conscious Farmers Say Americans Eat Too Much Meat
The meat and dairy industry accounts for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades
It’s unusual for researchers who study our catastrophically changing climate to use the words “optimism” and “climate change” in the same sentence.
Exxon investors warned by activist fund about climate risks
Engine No. 1 says the Irving-based company faces an “existential business risk” by…
Report: Green initiatives at state agencies increasing sustainability, saving money
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- New York has committed to relying 100% on renewable energy to power the state by 2040. It has also turned the light on state agencies, requiring them to adopt green initiativ…
Malaysia Sells World’s 1st Sovereign Dollar Sustainability Sukuk
Malaysia became the first country to sell a dollar Sukuk linked to sustainable activities, adding to a growing number of issuers turning to debt financing for environmental and social projects.
Sustainability News: April 19-25, 2021
Companies are crucial to solving the climate crisis. 75% are falling short
Less than a quarter of the world’s big public companies are doing their part to address the climate crisis, according to new research highlighting the shortcomings of corporate climate pledges.
Trudeau Was a Global Climate Hero. Now Canada Risks Falling Behind.
Canada is the only G7 nation whose greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement. The main reason: its oil sands.
Ahead of the Climate Summit, Environmental Groups Urge Biden to Champion Methane Reductions as a Quick Warming Fix – Inside Climate News
The Environmental Defense Fund has a clear message for the Biden Administration on the eve of an international climate summit marking the U.S.’s further re-entry into the Paris climate agreement: “We need to cut methane now.“ So says the U.S.-based environmental advocacy organization in a 15-secon…
Cannabis Companies Begin To Embrace Sustainability
Earth Day 2021 is upon us, and cannabis companies across the industry are mobilizing to take “sustainability” from buzzword to business practice by the time April 22nd rolls around. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a national teach-in on the environment to raise awareness a…
John Mandyck on Carbon Trading and Real Estate Sustainability
A conversation with John Mandyck, CEO of the Urban Green Council, on real estate’s response to climate change and a carbon trading market
Climate change: Coal is powering the economic recovery from the Covid crisis, IEA says
Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to surge dangerously this year as the global economy undergoes a huge recovery.
The realities of climate change are pushing big businesses to focus on sustainability
A consensus appears to be taking root in Corporate America: What’s good for the environment can also be good for business.
Sustainability took a back seat to the pandemic. Now Phoenix restaurants are re-prioritizing
During the pandemic, restaurants relied heavily on takeout. Here’s what metro Phoenix restaurant owners are doing to prioritize sustainability now.
Inside the Rule-Breaking Movement to Make High-End Sushi More Sustainable
They’re bucking generations of tradition to change the omakase experience.
Sustainability News: April 12-18, 2021
Apple’s $200 million fund aims to fight climate change and boost business
Apple has announced a $200 million investment fund designed to remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere and support sustainable forestry — and to generate financial returns for the company.
China Criticizes U.S. on Climate as Xi Meets Merkel, Macron
Beijing criticized the U.S.’s track record on global warming while climate envoy John Kerry was in China seeking greater cooperation on the issue.
AP Interview: Beijing says US ‘too negative’ toward China
BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative” and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on…
The auto industry ‘has to move’ on electrification as consumers become more conscious, Nissan CEO says
Nissan plans to electrify 100% of its new vehicles on offer by the early 2030s.
Despite flaws, commodity eco-labels contribute to sustainability (commentary)
In a recent report entitled “Destruction: certified” Greenpeace concluded that “certification is not a solution to deforestation, forest degradation and other ecosystem conversion”. Although Greenpeace acknowledges some positive impacts of labels, such as organic food or FSC, the overall conclusion …
How Honolulu, Hawaii is working toward sustainability and supporting its residents in the process
A bill signed into law in December 2020 says the city will transition to 100% renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2045.
Did You Know Half of the World’s Methane Emissions Come From Aquatic Ecosystems? – The Wire Science
Cultivating rice releases more methane per year globally than all coastal wetlands and open oceans together.
Cyclone Seroja kills 160 people, exposes Indonesia’s climate vulnerability
Campaigners say a government rollback of environmental regulations increases Indonesia’s vulnerability to flash floods and landslides
Redfin Survey Finds Climate Change Influencing Relocation Decisions
Redfin research finds climate change affecting relocation decisions. Is it time for real estate investors to respond, too?
Deeper intelligence to drive sustainability in 2021 and beyond
Majority of businesses in MEA have embraced sustainability reporting standards
Sustainability News: April 5-11, 2021
Bank of America pledges $1 trillion by 2030 toward environmental sustainability – Charlotte Business Journal
Bank of America Corp. on Thursday pledged $1 trillion by 2030 to support environmental sustainability.
The crypto art community is having a sustainability reckoning
Blockchain technology’s many features have made it a hit in the art world, most notably the ability to stop forgeries and give artists a cut of future sales.
Sustainability rankings don’t always identify sustainable companies
British American Tobacco (famous for cigarettes), Coca-Cola (world-renowned for its sugary soft drinks) and Glencore (a British/Swiss mining company) were recently ranked in the top five most environmentally and socially responsible companies on the FTSE 100, the share index of the 100 biggest compa…
How Sustainability Shifts Can Save The Ski Industry With Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company
Just saying you are a green company is not enough. You have to walk the walk. Your CEO down to your junior employees have to wholeheartedly believe in your mission.
Could a ‘Crypto Climate Accord’ erase cryptocurrencies’ carbon footprint?
It’s a long shot, and bitcoin probably stands in the way
Shell threatens to leave US trade groups over climate disagreements
The Netherlands-based oil major took aim at the American Petroleum Institute, the Texas…
Scientists’ findings suggest corals will withstand climate change
Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who championed the theory of evolution, noted that corals form far-reaching structures, largely made of limestone, that surround tropical islands. He didn’t know how they performed this feat.
Amazon ‘illegally retaliated’ against climate activists
The firm fired two tech workers who had criticised the firm’s environmental practices.
Jellyfish May Benefit From Climate Change
Researchers are studying jellyfish beach strandings, like this one in Denmark, along the West Coast. SilverSnapper / Getty Images
John Kerry says Biden’s ambitious climate plan is ‘not a counter to China’
China accounts for around 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions, more than twice that of the U.S., but it’s spending more on clean energy development.
Sustainability News: March 29- April 4, 2021
US climate envoy heads to India to push ‘climate ambition’
John Kerry’s overseas trip includes the UAE and Bangladesh, a country especially vulnerable to climate change.
Demand for climate grants outpaces funds
BOSTON — Nearly 100 cities and towns applied for funding from the state last year for climate change resiliency and adaptation projects, only to be turned away.
U.S. and China’s next economic battle will be over climate change, experts say
The world’s foremost economic superpowers are turning their attention to climate change as the next path to commercial supremacy.
Google Maps to start showing eco-friendly routes
The driving app will highlight trips with lowest emissions based on factors such as traffic and slopes.
U.S. Companies Resist Activist Investor’s Climate Campaign
A billionaire British hedge-fund manager’s campaign to make large public companies set near-term targets for carbon-emission cuts is encountering challenges.
The complexities of predicting climate change effects
We currently face significant challenges to accurately predict the impacts of our changing climate on individual species, as well as their ecosystems.
Benefits of ‘Drastic’ Climate Action Outweigh Costs: Economists
The cost of global warming will far outweigh the cost of rapidly cutting greenhouse gas emissions, more than 700 economists from around the world said Tuesday in an unprecedented call to climate ac…
From toilet paper to coffee, here are some of the products that could soon be in short supply because of the Suez Canal blockage
Experts say that the blockage is costing about $400 million an hour and that it could take weeks to move the freighter.
USA: Are federal disaster policies making climate change even worse?
Even where municipalities know they are in harm’s way, the market knows that if climate-related disasters happen, the city or county will be bailed out.
NASA joins White House Climate Task Force
NASA has joined the White House National Climate Task Force, another step in the agency’s continued study of climate change and global warming.
Blocking The Sun Could Help Prevent Climate Change But May Be Risky, Says New Report
The US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has called for the establishment of a research program to investigate the potential
How Will Ongoing Climate Change Efforts Impact US Jobs?
President Joe Biden’s new infrastructure bill is heavily focused on tackling climate change. According to The New York Times, sources familiar with the bill said that “it includes building electric…
Sustainability News: March 22-28 2021
A NASA study says it’s the first to directly measure humans’ role in climate change
We can now measure the effect of greenhouse gases directly.
EU’s top court rejects effort to force tougher climate rules
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Thursday rejected an effort by a Scandinavian youth group and families around the world to force the EU to set more ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, arguing they were not
Suez Canal blocked by traffic jam after massive container ship runs aground
Eight tug boats are working to free a large container ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal, halting marine traffic through one of the busiest and most important waterways in the world.
Using Tax Policy to Rein In Climate Change
The Biden administration is likely to pursue several options to encourage renewable energy production and reduce fossil fuel dependence
New Report: Advancing the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy into a New Decade
Three caribou standing in the tundra.(Credit: Andrew Ramey, USGS. Public domain.)
Facing sweltering soldiers and flooded ports, NATO to focus on climate change
Biden administration makes possible a shift that couldn’t happen under Trump.
Fed’s pursuit of climate-change disclosure is ‘imperfect’ but developing: Brainard
Banking-committee Republicans may have revived their call for the Federal Reserve to tap the brakes in regulating climate-change risk. But at least one Fed leader reminded investors Tuesday that the pursuit of climate-change preparedness, though “imperfect” right now, must move forward.
Fed sets up panels to examine risks that climate change poses to the financial system
The Federal Reserve has taken another step forward in efforts to ensure that the financial system is protected against climate risks.
Emphasizing urgency alone won’t increase support for major climate policies, study finds
In light of recent extreme climate events—from wildfires blazing through the western US to snowstorms sweeping Texas into a blackout—climate scientists and
World’s top emitters far from meeting climate goals | Reuters Video
AUDIO ONLY The world’s biggest carbon-emitting companies are far from aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement, a report by the leading climate-focused investor group showed on Monday. Emer McCarthy reports.
White House climate czar and Big Oil meet, talk cooperation after meeting
Representatives from the oil and gas industry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy struck a cooperative tone following a meeting on Monday where the two sides discussed how companies can align with the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals. Industry and White House officials after th…
White House prepares massive infrastructure bill with universal pre-K, free community college, climate measures
The Biden administration is putting together its next major legislative effort.
Sustainability Spotlight: Making Shipping Greener While Meeting Consumer Delivery Demands
As brands expand their international and e-commerce sales, they risk increasing their carbon footprint.
World Water Day addresses sustainability in agriculture, fertilizer sectors
HOUSTON (ICIS)–Global organisations addressed sustainability – including within the agricultural sector and fertilizer industry – during World Water Day on 22 March.
Sustainability News: March 15-21 2021
Changing the way we conduct research: Advocating for sustainability science
To stay in step with their times, make their voices heard and play a decisive role in shaping major future directions, researchers must move toward a “sustainability science.”
Meet the Pioneer Rethinking Liquor Sustainability
Our columnist recently talked to sixth-generation rum maker Roberto Serrallés about how liquor companies can become more sustainable and environmentally conscious.
How sustainability is becoming a part of mainstream funding and investment
The year 2020 saw increased focus on sustainability, with many businesses focusing on impact and growth at the same time. And giving them the tailwind to do this are several green venture capital funds.
Hear Actionable Insights and Practical Solutions at The Economist’s Sustainability Week 2021
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Watch CNBC’s full interview with Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson on China, sustainability and innovation
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson joins CNBC’s “Halftime Report” team to discuss the company’s annual meeting, China prospects, sustainability goals, Covid’s impact and more.
Companies may have climate risk blind spots, new analysis shows | Greenbiz
Guidance from disclosure initiatives such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure and Sustainable Accounting Standards Board doesn’t cover everything companies need to know.
USDA conservation program seen as way to help battle climate change
Incentives are seen as critical to increasing participation in a program that could help the Biden administration reach climate goals.
How a new approach is shining a light on a hidden sustainability challenge for data centers
Scope 3 analysis is now making batteries part of organizations' carbon accounting
Mask use amid pandemic leaves questions about sustainability – The DePaulia
Last March, Minsu Song had been in the middle of the Disney College Program and had anticipated staying until April, but her stay in Florida was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic and she found herself on the next flight back to Iowa. She was unemployed and uninspired. The constant boredom led h…
Sustainability News: March 8-14 2021
Regenerative agriculture is the next great ally in fight against climate change
It seems that every week a new agribusiness, consumer packaged goods company, bank, technology corporation, celebrity or Facebook friend announces support for regenerative agriculture. For those of us who have been working on climate and/or agriculture solutions for the last couple of decades, this…
Climate change may not expand drylands
Does a warmer climate mean more dry land? For years, researchers projected that drylands—including deserts, savannas and shrublands—will expand as the planet warms, but new research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) challenges those prevailing views.
Biden administration sharpens focus on climate risks to financial system
This week is providing fresh hints of the Biden’s administration’s efforts on both climate funding and climate-related risks to the financial system.Driving the news: Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the board of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) that its work will b…
Sustainability and airline success now inexorably linked: Air France chief
The rise of sustainability as a challenge for the airline industry has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, to the point where business success is inexorably linked to carriers significantly reducing their environmental footprints, in the view of Air France chief executive Anne Rigail.
Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists
The long read: Companies such as Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian environmental campaigners
Robert Miller: Addressing climate change at the local level
A proposed bill would encourage Connecticut towns to create their own plans to mitigate…
GIST Researchers Find “Best Case” Goals for Climate Warming Could Still Result in Massive Wildfire Risk
/PRNewswire/ — The landmark 2015 Paris Agreement resulted in multiple studies examining the impact of global temperature increases, but these rarely…
What’s the Most Climate-Safe Place in the World?
It is easy to be pessimistic about the future. It is also easy to scientifically verify that pessimism through persuasive papers and charts. It is easier still to lose yourself in bleak visions of fires and floods, food and water shortages, widespread human suffering, violent apocalyptic cults, bad …
Atlantic Ocean circulation is the weakest in at least 1,600 years, study finds – here’s what that means for the climate
New study finds evidence of an unprecedented slowdown in North Atlantic Ocean circulation, likely to due to human-caused climate change.
Sustainability News: March 1-7 2021
Properly Done Financial Audits Are A Powerful Tool For Addressing Climate Change
Recent guidance from the International Accounting Standards Board and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board give investors a powerful tool to ensure that companies and their auditors are taking the effects of climate change into account in the financial statements.
China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change
China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets that give little sign that it will step up its pace in combatting climate change
‘Local’ gets loud on journalism: Report for America sustainability report offers hope as communities pitch in to save local news
Report for America’s partner newsrooms see 61% fundraising growth, largely from individual donors in 2020
NEW YORK (PRWEB) March 03, 2021 Report for America today released…
Mastercard Issues $600 Million Sustainability Bond
Mastercard today announced that it has successfully priced a $600 million Sustainability Bond at a fixed rate of 1.90%. This milestone further supports the…
Corporate sustainability initiatives may open doors for carbon offset startups – TechCrunch
“You’re seeing a lot of large companies … are now investing significant amounts into really trying to understand their emissions profile and prioritize emission reductions in a data-driven way.”
How Blockchain Technology Could Transform Sustainability – Metropolis
A Gensler principal shares shares her views on how blockchain technology may help crack the code on sustainable architecture.
Invasive Treefrogs Have Snuck Into Louisiana and They Are Not Good Neighbors
Keep an eye on your toilet bowl (seriously).
Scientists creating Earth’s digital twin for extreme climate event projections
In a type of pixelated cloning experiment meant to act as an experimental model for Earth’s climatic fluctuations, computer scientists at ETH Zurich are attempting to create a detailed digital twin of our
Report calls for textile sustainability in Brazil | Materials & Production News | News
Report calls for textile sustainability in Brazil
Sustainability News: February 22-28 2021
US power sector emissions fell 38% in past 15 years, blowing past Obama climate targets: Report
The U.S. power sector has already slashed more emissions than what would have been required by the Obama administration’s climate mandate.
Will jobs! jobs! more jobs! make free-market case for climate action? » Yale Climate Connections
Will capitalism, and free-market forces (and emphasis on more jobs?) supplant political expediency as a major factor in advancing bipartisan support for renewable energy?
Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic – Inside Climate News
Since the end of the last ice age, a swirling system of ocean-spanning currents has churned consistently in the Atlantic, distributing heat energy along the ocean surface from the tropics toward the poles, with heavy, cold water slowly flowing back toward the equator along the bottom of the sea. Col…
Earth’s long-term climate stabilized by clouds
Reduced planetary albedo due to fewer low clouds on early Earth could explain some 40% of the required forcing to offset the faint young Sun, according to global climate model experiments.
“Science-based” corporate climate targets are no such thing, says former advisor
As the number of businesses setting ‘science-based’ targets surges, experts are calling for more transparency over how those numbers are calculated
Midcoasters say $90M natural gas line expansion isn’t aligned with state climate change plan
The midcoast does not currently have natural gas service, but at a virtual forum on the project Tuesday night, dozens in the region said they don’t want it.
The Weekly Planet: The Great Climate Bill of 2021 Is Being Shaped Now
The game before the game has started.
Possible irreversible changes to sub-systems prior to reaching climate change tipping points
Recently a pair of researchers with the University of Copenhagen published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing their work looking into the possibility of changes to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and the circumstances that could lead to s…
UNA faces the enormous challenge of changing Almeria’s agricultural sustainability model
Almeria’s Union of Agricultural Producers (UNA) was established in April 2019 to manage the foundation of a new exploitation model in the Almeria countryside and the southeast of the peninsula.
Small and medium-sized producers, mai…
‘Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element’
‘Mercury Stories’ by Henrik Selin and Noelle E. Selin, a new MIT PRESS book, is an interdisciplinary analysis of human interactions with mercury through history that sheds light on efforts to promote and achieve sustainability.
AB InBev Signs Record $10.1 Billion ESG-Linked Facility
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, maker of beer brands Budweiser and Stella Artois, has signed a $10.1 billion debt facility that costs more to service if the company falls short on a set of sustainability targets.
Consumer interest in sustainability is still growing
More shoppers are linking social concerns to environmental threats.
Ireland one of top nations for fairness and sustainability
Ireland has been rated as one of the most progressive countries in the world in transitioning towards an equitable, fair and sustainable society, according to a new international study.The Transitions
Shaping the Future of Market-Based Action on Sustainability
Sustainability News: February 15-21 2021
“Disasters Within Disaster” – Death Toll Rises To 30 As Texas Energy Crisis Hits Sixth Day
The cascading effects of days without power have effectively transformed some parts of Texas into a third-world country.
Bill Gates says “we need hundreds of Elon Musks”
With Tesla, Elon Musk has helped electric cars become more mainstream.
Billionaires’ Favorite Climate Solution Is a Dangerous Distraction
An Elon Musk tweet can do everything from moving the stock market to convincing people to invest in a joke cryptocurrency. So when the richest man on Earth tweeted in late January about kicking $100 million to whoever could come up with the best technology to capture carbon from the air, the world t…
Climate change is fueling recruitment into armed groups
Research has repeatedly highlighted how climatic shifts contribute to fragility and undermine livelihoods and new data shows how this has created conditions that are conducive to the growth of armed groups.
Citing climate emergency, California Democrats introduce a bill to ban fracking by 2027
Feb. 17—California would ban hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, by 2027, under a bill introduced in the State Senate on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, also would prohibit the issuance of new permits for frackin…
Yard Stick provides measurement technology to combat climate change – TechCrunch
The solution to the world’s climate change problems could be under our feet. But you can’t manage something until you can measure it, and that’s where Yard Stick comes in.
Teenagers Deserve a Place at Biden’s Climate Table
Including activists from the Sunrise Movement and elsewhere could improve the president’s climate policy while energizing the youth vote.
Climate elites should check their privilege
Private jets, yacht parties, fancy receptions, and award ceremonies — I’m sure you can conjure up an image of what this lifestyle may look like and who lives it. While you may have envisioned Hollywood actors, pop stars, or Silicon Valley tech giants, I’m actually describing another demographic:…
Climate change: Why Norway, the UK and Canada are climate hypocrites
In Oslo, street lamps are powered by renewables. To conserve energy, the smart lights dim when nobody is around. The Norwegian capital, like the rest of the country, is proud of its exceptional green credentials. Its public transportation system too is powered entirely by renewable energy. Two third…
Fights Over Indian Farm Laws Ignore Green Revolution’s Climate And Economic Problems
Green revolution saved India from hunger but is causing economic and ecological problems. Neither the government nor protesters offer a plan for farmers to grow less rice in water stressed regions. What is required is a just transition to a new ecologically sustainable farming model.
IBM sets new climate goal for 2030
The company is focused on slashing emissions from its operations
Climate change killed off mammoths, sloths, megafauna
In a new study, researchers used statistical analysis to show climate change was the primary driver of the disappearance of North America’s largest species, including mammoths and giant sloths.
What is Next in Business Aviation: A Move Towards Sustainability or Supersonic Flight?
Historically speaking, aviation has always been a gas-guzzling business. As the world demands a new and more sustainable approach to travel, industry, and everyday life, the aviation sector refuses to be left behind. While major aircraft companies like Airbus and Boeing focus on minimising fuel …
Intel – Getting Smart Begins with Data
Jeff Klaus, General Manager of Intel® Data Center Management Solutions, on sustainability, data centres, data and smart business
3M proposes $1 billion in investments toward reaching sustainability goals – Chemical Engineering
3M (St. Paul, Minn.) announced it expects to invest approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years to accelerate new environmental goals: achieve carbon
Could the Focus on Sustainability Help Drive the Graphene Market?
Graphene is a material that has been touted for several market sectors and applications. Graphene has many excellent properties, such as its electrical conductivity and tensile strength. While these are important reasons for using graphene in different applications, how we produce and integrate grap
Music industry sustainability: ‘Every little thing matters’ – Music Ally
Friday’s episode of the Music Ally TV Show was really interesting: an exploration of the music industry and environmental sustainability. “It’s more than just the right thing to do: it’s an essential business obligation,” said Dr Allen Hershkowitz, one of the world’s authorities on this area.
New WVU biology study of trees has implications for future climate change predictions
Scientists have long known that trees are essential to human life, making the air we breathe healthier by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis to store energy and
Climate activist Disha Ravi arrested in India over farmers’ protest ‘toolkit’
Supporters of a young climate activist arrested in India over a farmers’ protest “toolkit,” later shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, have called for her release.
Sustainability News: February 8-14 2021
Turtles Worldwide Vulnerable Due to Climate Change, Habitat Loss
Climate change and habitat destruction have left turtles worldwide vulnerable, according to a recent study by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher
‘Global Vaccine Apartheid’ Is Also a Climate Warning
The covid-19 vaccination effort is finally achieving liftoff in the U.S. In the days since we highlighted the case for optimism about the pandemic ending, data collected by Bloomberg shows 2 million more Americans have received a shot.
Now in a minority position, how will Wyoming’s delegation respond to Biden’s aggressive climate plans?
The sway Wyoming enjoyed in Washington under Trump has dwindled. But the state’s congressional delegation plans to fight back.
EPA to jettison major Obama climate rule, as Biden eyes a bigger push
The Clean Power Plan had been tied up in litigation, then replaced by President Donald Trump.
Russia’s Lavrov holds climate talks with U.S. envoy Kerry amid sanctions concerns
Russia’s Lavrov holds climate talks with U.S. envoy Kerry amid sanctions concerns
Daybreak Feb 12: Boozman: Climate policy threatens farm bill
There are new signs of division on the Senate Agriculture Committee when it comes to climate change. The committee’s top Republican, John Boozman, told members of the National Cotton Council Thursday that funding to address climate change could come out of existing farm bill programs.
Salmon: Why Climate Change Matters
“So, you can eat wild salmon to your hearts content if you can find it and afford it” – Mark Kurlansky
Bill Gates: Climate Change Challenge “Is Way Greater Than The Pandemic”
In an interview that will air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Bill Gates will discuss how climate change is a “way greater” challenge than COVID-19, saying “the amount of change, new ideas, is way greater than the pandemic.” “And it needs a level of cooperation that would be unprecedented,” Gates sai…
China Hints at a Shift on Climate
A rare public rebuke of the energy agency signals to some that environmental regulators have been empowered to counter the coal industry.
Yellen reportedly looking to name new climate ‘czar’ at Treasury
Yellen reportedly is eyeing Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy Treasury secretary during Barack Obama’s presidency, to tackle the role.
US is falling behind its peers in moving away from fossil fuels and tackling climate change: report
The Green Future Index ranks countries in their commitments to shifting society to a low-carbon future.
Oil spill at Chevron Refinery in Richmond contained, clean-up underway
Hazardous Materials crews are responding to a report of an oil spill near the Chevron Refinery in Richmond on Monday afternoon, according to the Contra Costa Health Services.
‘I’m really scared’: Neighbors sound off after 600-gallon oil spill near Richmond’s Chevron refinery
CHEVRON OIL SPILL: A county official says close to 600 gallons flowed into the Bay. He also says “petroleum washed ashore along South Richmond shoreline which will harm wildlife and marine life.”
600 gallons of petroleum spills into San Francisco Bay at Chevron refinery
The spill was discovered at 3 p.m. Tuesday when a sheen was observed on the water, according to joint statements from federal, state and local agencies and Chevron.
How Queen Elizabeth II stands to reap billions from big oil’s sustainability push
Queen Elizabeth II will be a major, if unlikely, beneficiary of big oil’s latest push to diversify toward a more sustainable future.
JP Morgan hires Chuka Umunna for senior sustainability role
The 42-year-old former Labour MP is given European position by US bank
How the Pandemic Shaped Sustainability Goals for Commercial Buildings
Last year provided many unforeseen challenges for the building management industry; despite it all, sustainability commitments stayed steady. But we must seize the opportunity to shift the narrative in the energy industry away from efficiency, towards continuous optimization.
BP and Rosneft Sign Sustainability Deal
BP (NYSE: BP) and Rosneft Oil Company have signed a strategic collaboration agreement focused on supporting the carbon management and sustainability activities of both companies.
FIS – Worldnews in Brief – Other Media | MundoAcuicola: Sernapesca triumphs in Courts in defense of fisheries and aquaculture sustainability –
Other Media | MundoAcuicola: Sernapesca triumphs in Courts in defense of fisheries and aquaculture sustainability
Sustainability News: February 1-7 2021
Bioplastics in the sustainability dilemma: Scientists investigate the factors affecting the global land use impacts and CO2 emissions of plant-based plastics
Scientists found that the sustainability of plant-based bioplastics depends largely on the country of origin, its trade relationships and the raw material processed.
What new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy needs to do to become a leader in sustainability like Apple
Few ESG funds own Amazon stock because of its poor record on labor, workplace issues and corporate competition.
^Don’t know if I would call Apple a sustainability leader, but good read about what Amazon needs to do to get on a ESG fund.
NASA Names Its First Climate Advisor
Gavin Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling, will help ensure the Biden Administration has crucial data to inform its emissions reduction goals
The Energy 202: How Democrats may try getting around the filibuster on climate change
Some are eyeing the next budget process to pass a major piece of President Biden’s climate agenda.
Peru: How climate change threatens a city with ‘glacial flood’
The worldwide retreat of mountain glaciers is one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In the wake of receding glaciers, thousands of lakes have formed and expanded.
Bridgestone Issues Sustainability-Linked Credit Facility
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has issued a $1.1 billion “sustainability-linked” credit facility, which the company calls one of the first of its kind in the United States tire industry.
What is Bitcoin and Is It Too Late to Get Started? | ONE37pm
If you’ve been afraid to get involved with Bitcoin, we’ve got you covered. This is everything you need to know to get started.
World – Opinion: On deep-sea mining, climate change, and the guidelines needed to ensure ocean sustainability
I have followed the ongoing tug of war between opposing sides of the deep-sea mining debate and was waiting for someone to offer the third side of the story. Then I came across the first response from one of the small island nations when the newly elected prime minister of the Cook Islands, Mark Bro…
Generation 2030: Vegetarianism: Should We Rethink its Role in Sustainability? | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD
Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
New evidence that Big Tech is ‘MIA’ on climate policy
Big Tech’s failure to show up matters — all hands need to be on deck in the climate fight.
Sustainability benchmarks for plastics recycling and redesign
Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Council Post: Sustainability In The Cannabis Industry: Truly Going Green
Ironically, the cannabis industry isn’t as “green” as you might expect.
Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms
President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health.
UK’s Johnson to chair U.N. meeting on climate security
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to chair a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 23 looking at the links between climate change and conflict and prevention measures, his U.N. ambassador said on Monday.
Adventure Travel conference to tackle recovery and sustainability
Virtual Adventure Travel Networking conference takes place this week
Sustainability in Hollywood Backslides Amid COVID: “It’s Everything We Told Everybody Not to Do All These Years”
While plastic waste explodes amid the pandemic, remote work has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and many companies are embracing such practices as paperless call sheets and LED-battery generators.
Sustainability News: January 2021
Biden Just Linked Climate and Security. Next Comes Military Money
Despite the flood of new resources, climate activists remain wary.
The snowy owl spotted in Central Park is an at-risk species thanks to climate change
“Many of us who work with snowy owls would argue that they are one of the three or four species … at most immediate and direct threat from climate change,” said the co-founder of a snowy owl tracking initiative.
GM Sustainability Manager on How Carmaker Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2040
Geraldine Barnuevo, , environmental strategies and sustainability senior manager at GM, spoke to Cheddar about what’s in store for the automaker following its big pledge to go carbon neutral by 2040.
MIT convenes influential industry leaders in the fight against climate change
MIT has announced the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), which convenes influential industry leaders from a broad range of industries with the aim of vastly accelerating shared solutions to address climate change.
How R/WallStreetBets and Reddit Broke the Internet // ONE37pm
It’s been the biggest story of the last few days, but how did R/WallStreetBets, a group based on Reddit, outsmart Wall Street? Let’s take a look.
Fidelity launches ESG friendly tool for advisers – InvestmentNews
Fidelity’s new technology tool is designed to help advisers create ESG model portfolios and engage clients with impact investing
Day traders wreak havoc on hedge fund bets, Wall Street dips, BlackRock’s progress on sustainability
News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication
Is Sustainability a Key Driver for Emerging Graphene Markets? | BDC Magazine
The market for graphene is at a tipping point, with long periods of R&D now starting to translate into significant purchase orders. For a long time, the graphene market was overwhelmingly driven by a ‘materials push’ whereby graphene firms worked hard to persuade markets of the properties and benefi…
McCormick tops food companies in sustainability rankings
Corporate Knights places the flavor company at No. 6 overall in its annual list.
Exxon planning changes to board, sustainability measures amid activist pressure
Exxon Mobil Corp. is preparing to make changes to its board and adopt further measures to reduce its carbon footprint as the beleaguered energy giant faces…
Biden administration to unveil more climate policies, urges China to toughen emissions target
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration next week will release more policies it believes are needed to tackle climate change and is urging China to toughen one of its targets on greenhouse gas emissions, his top climate advisers said on Saturday.
The Booze Industry Wants to Sell You on Sustainability
It’s an ambitious, multi-faceted and chaotic march to eco-consciousness
FINANCE: ‘Enormously big deal’: Fed creates climate committee
The Federal Reserve announced yesterday the creation of a first-of-its-kind committee to deepen the central bank’s understanding of the risks that climate change poses to the financial system.
Biden pitching a much vaster climate plan than Obama ever attempted
Climate activists celebrate “major step forward,” while oil industry warns of costs.
New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds
Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.
UN global climate poll: ‘The people’s voice is clear – they want action’
Biggest ever climate change survey finds two-thirds of people think climate change is a global emergency
BlackRock Chief Pushes a Big New Climate Goal for the Corporate World
Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Commission launches plans for EU sustainability ‘code of conduct’ for food businesses
The European Commission has taken its first steps towards launching a ‘code of conduct’ for actors along the food chain, as part of its aim to increase the sustainability of the food system.
Manufacturers struggle to meet sustainability goals
The manufacturing industry is making good progress in terms of setting sustainability plans, but there’s work to do to achieve them.
What Gets Measured Gets Managed: How Sustainability Reporting Can Help Save The Planet
The answer at which they arrived first appears as rather dry: metrics and disclosures. But fueled by the knowledge that “what gets measured gets managed”
Study shows ocean sustainability efforts are working
There is good news about the world’s oceans. It comes from University of Washington researchers and the journal “Nature Sustainability.” A new scientific article in the journal begins, “Well-designed management
New tool for assessing the benefits, risks and sustainability of the consumption of fish
Researchers from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili’s (Tarragona/Spain) research group TecnATox have optimized the website FishChoice, which helps to consume fish and seafood in a sustainable fashion and not just maximize benefits and minimize risks. The tool has been developed in the framework of a p…
A review of 100 studies crushes assumptions about conflict between profit and sustainability
Going green can keep businesses in the black
Let’s rethink water investments with sustainability and resilience in mind
Now is the time to prioritize upgrading the region’s aging infrastructure, writes Darren Olson of Christopher B. Burke Engineering.
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